In the heart of Mexico's independence

Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende

Ignacio Allende, a native of good family Capitán of the Spanish Army, part together with the other independence leaders Miguel Hidalgo and Juan Aldama for group of conspirators of Querétaro.

He was on 21.1.1769 in San Miguel el Grande geboren und am 26.06.1811 - On the same day as Aldama and Jiménez - shot under martial law in Chihuahua by the Spaniards. Hidalgo was executed four days later.

To deter you have the heads of Hidalgo, Allende, Aldama and Jiménez ten-year (1811 to 1821) placed at the four corners of the exterior facade of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas in Guanajuato showcased.

The ancient silver city of Guanajuato (120.000 Ew., 2.000 m ü.d.M.) originated in a narrow river valley, which allows the spatial extent of the colorful town just along the steep mountain slopes.

The winding streets of downtown will save space relieved by underground roads, direct the traffic in the dry riverbed or in old mine shafts.

On the slopes of the mountains containing precious metals the curvaceous Carretera Panorámica resulting in excellent views to the city center, we 17 km up to the suburban trailer park.

Some power lines are close enough to touch, so that we avoid repeatedly on the opposite lane.

Our radio antenna can not leave anyway and give one or the other power line, that in addition to electrical energy and kinetic energy.

Finally obstructed us, 80 m in front of our goal, a green garden hose, hanging in front of the windshield across the cobbled road, the steep one-way street.

Several counter'll cars wait patiently at trailer park, up the garden hose is finally pulled up and we friendly waving disappear into the narrow entrance of our accommodation place.

Nobody honks, nobody gets upset! We appreciate so in Mexico!

On the cobbled street we walk down to the vibrant city center.

There we explore the halls of Mercado Hidalgo station similar, where all kinds of goods, such as fruits, Vegetable, Spices, Clothing, Jewelery etc., Tobe offered.

We follow the Av. Juarez am Plazuela de los Angeles vorbei zum berühmten Alley of the Kiss (Kiss alleys).

The Kiss alleys is scarce 70 cm wide and allows lovers neighborly kisses from house to house.

The yellow / red Painted Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato acts, compared with the sumptuously ornamented cathedral in Zacatecas, relatively plain.

However, it fits very well to the colorful houses of this colorful city.

The noble, Baroque interior, where the statue of the Lady of Guanajuato is presented, unfolds for an unexpectedly impressive effect.

In a few minutes we walk from the Basilica to the Jardin de la Unión, which lies in the pedestrian zone opposite the Teatro Juarez.

While we photograph the beautiful Teatro, discovered a clown, the could be more aptly described as a situation comedy, new victims. Us!

As a model he post unasked front of the camera and thus entertains his audience, which uses the wide staircase to the Teatro as Tribune.

We accept our victimhood and support him in spontaneous photo shoot.

With the applause of the audience led us pantomime subsequently sent to the stands.

Other passers-by to the "voiceless", but gestural show included and the stands filled constantly with innocent victims and voluntary viewers.

The Funicular (Cable car) brings us to the viewing platform of the Monumento al Pipila, the monument of a Mexican folk hero.

As Hidalgo wanted to take with his followers Guanajuato, is entrenched the Spanish soldiers in the fortress-like Alhóndiga.

Taking was the only Alhóndiga, by the massive wooden door was set on fire.

For this Himmelfahrtskommando the simple miner Juan Jose de los Reyes Martinez announced (1782-1863), named Pipila.

In order to protect themselves from the deadly bullets of the Spanish muskets, he tied a large flat stone on his back.

With tar, Torch and stone he crawled under enemy fire to the wooden entrance door, smeared it with tar and then put the heavy wooden door in fire. The rest is Mexican history!

The Alhóndiga de Granaditas is an enormous building, which in its 200-year history already granary, Spanish fortress, Prison and Museum was.

We visit the housed in the historic Museo de la Alhóndiga Alhóndiga Granaditas de, which Memorial of the independence fighter, prehispanic finds exhibits and displays documents local history.

On the walls of the spacious stairwells imposing Murals can be seen.

The colonial history and the historical significance can be felt everywhere in the beautiful Guanajuato.

Meanwhile, the small trailer park 6-7 Know vehicles almost crowded and we relearn nice travelers with exceptional lifestyles.

Pascal and his family have lived a few years in Costa Rica and operated through a company.

For now, however, you want to return to their homeland to Canada and therefore in Westfalia VW bus, which is quite popular in Canada, on the way home.

The other young, family of four is on the way to its own grounds on the Baja, then it goes to Germany (it comes from D) and then traveled through Europe. So you can live!

We want to continue to San Miguel de Allende.

A detour leads us previously on uneven cobblestones to the geographical center of Mexico – to 2.700 m hohen Berg Cerro El Cubilete.

Here is the second highest statue of Christ in the world – das Monumento a Cristo Rey mit 16 m Height.

When passing through the narrow street, the inhabitants of the villages eyeing us somewhat skeptical. Our friendly Wave puts a smile on their faces and let them wave back almost effusively.

For example 100 km from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende, we need about two hours.

While the city of Dolores Hidalgo (Cry of Dolores) the cradle is called Independence, San Miguel de Allende is considered as the forging of independence.

The most famous sons of the city are all national heroes – Allende, Aldama and Pipila.

The city was 1542 founded by a Franciscan monk as San Miguel el Grande and 1826 renamed in honor of Ignacio Allende in San Miguel de Allende.

The strategic location on the Silver Way, led from the mines in Zacatecas and Guanajuato to Mexico City, promoted a rapid upturn.

Nowadays, the renowned art academy for well-known artists and young students from around the world makes, resulting in the Magic Town (Magical place) come together.

For 1926 is the city conservation area and the walled city was 2008 declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Many young people visit San Miguel because of the language schools and art lovers long-term visitors internationally known, preferably from Canada and USA, occupy during the pleasant winter months the numerous arts and crafts courses.

In order to approach the interesting life and unique atmosphere of this city, it requires some time.

San Miguel has countless beautiful churches (San Francisco's Church, Oratorio de San Felipe Blacks, Church of Our Lady of Health, Conception Church), being by far the most prominent church is the created of pink stone Parroquia de San Miguel in the city center.

We "live" on the only three years old, suburban Weber RV Park, its about 12 Pitches are mainly occupied by regulars from Canada and USA in winter.

The founder of the Weber family, who had German roots, came 1963 from United States to San Miguel and soon got a job as an art teacher at the Instituto Allende. The grounds of the Hacienda, on the RV Park is created, has been 1968 acquired.

Together with his mother today the sons Walter and Hans care for the apartments, the RV park and the tennis courts. A real family!

Friendly we are taken, many stimulating conversations arise with the owners and our camping neighbors.

We provide useful information on the numerous offers and events in the city. The days fly by!

A visit to the large weekly market (Tuesday against Soriana) is an experience in itself.

Under a giant sunroof, that is pieced together from guyed Covers, vendors sell all kinds of goods, whether used or new.

We sometimes have the impression, to be at a flea market.

Our "roommate" Anne & Jerry, we meet by chance there, tell of the police raid in the morning, which took place at several merchants and their stalls for the sale of pirated (Movie, Music) concluded.

In the little "classier" Mercado de Artesanias we are interested in two hand-knotted carpets from the city to the south, Oaxaca.

We act as back in the souks of Marrakech, since excessive tourist prices we would also not have to pay here in Mexico.

The saleswoman is already slightly reserved for final, can be eventually but at the price quoted by us a.

In carpet business, we get a nice couple from USA know, the holiday here and buys a large rug for his house.

The next day we take the two in the Jardin Botanico again.

Of the Botanical Garden is applied on a weiterläufigen terrain with lakes and natural Canyon and mainly serves to protect regional and local plant species.

For the interested visitor to the Jardin Botanico is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Here you can in the remarkable world of hundreds of cacti and Succulents plunge. A foray, the worth!

It's Easter and the Christian Good Friday procession is not only highlight of the Easter celebrations, but of the entire ecclesiastical year.

Except for the Roman legionaries all adult procession participants wear black clothes.

The men black suits, white gloves and purple sashes, women white gloves and black veil.

Several saints and the coffin containing the body of Jesus Christ are carried on the long processional route between women and men.

Little girls in white dresses with purple sashes sprinkle rose petals, they carry in baskets.

The Roman centurions seem very authentic by the impressive armor.

When we are at home after three hours, is a red truck with a German flag on the square.

Maria and Carsten, who started with her Mercedes in South America, stay a few days here.

So we have enough time to exchange views.

We provide tips for USA and Canada and look forward to a lot of information by means- and South America.

On Saturdays there is a farewell party, because three neighbors compete in a few days back home in the north.

When hard, we get to know Martin from Germany, who has lived in Canada for several years, with his company Martinus Studio Manufactures jewelry and also gives courses for jewelery in beautiful British Columbia.

As it happens, Bärbel is at Instituto Allende just a jewelery course and so you are Martin many professional tips on correct processing.

One afternoon is then also the "holy" hand tools no longer safe and under the direction of Martin our camping table is for jewelery workshop, with vice, Key Files, Pliers, Saw and sandpaper.

Images of the jewelry are in the photo gallery Bärbel Jewelry To see.

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“A man must always strive,
independent to stand in it.”
(Wilhelm von Humboldt, 1767-1835)